Connell Smith


Connell Smith is a reporter with CBC in Saint John. He can be reached at 632-7726

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Nova Scotia mill workers allowed into province without self-isolating

WorkSafeNB has signed off on a move to bring a group of Nova Scotia boilermakers to Nackawic for a maintenance project at the AV Group mill. The workers are not required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Tim Hortons reopens washrooms after sparking customer complaint

Tim Hortons has now reopened public restrooms in most of its Saint John restaurants two days after sparking a complaint from a dine-in customer who was told to use the washroom at the nearby Irving convenience store. . 

Fundy Quay talks gain new life with federal COVID-19 funding offer

Long-held hopes for a major commercial residential development on a prime Saint John waterfront site could get a boost from federal programs to kick-start the economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brunswick News to close community newspaper offices across province

Community newspapers across New Brunswick are losing their offices, many of them in the heart of their small cities and towns, after a decision shared with staff this week by Brunswick News Inc.

Saint John reopening plan asks sports groups for help

Saint John councillors have approved a plan for the restoration of more city operations as provincial COVID-19 emergency orders are eased.

Union questions consultant's Saint John Transit review during pandemic

The union representing transit workers in Saint John is questioning how a consultant's planned audit of the city's bus system can be completed during a pandemic.

Middle and high school students to process lobster after temporary foreign worker ban

With lobster processing set to begin Sunday, desperate New Brunswick seafood plants are turning to high school and even middle school students to fill the gap left by temporary foreign workers.

Coach Atlantic Group 'hunkering down', forecasts $30M revenue drop

The owner of Coach Atlantic Group says his company is projecting revenue losses of $30 million this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic

New N.B. cannabis grower to target 'connoisseurs'

Declaring the best "weed" is still found on the illicit market, a new St Stephen New Brunswick cannabis grower wants to win pot connoisseurs over to the legal side.

Food trucks face summer without festivals

New Brunswick's food truck operators aren't sure what to expect as they face a 2020 season without music festivals, tractor pulls and Canada Day celebrations.

Two Ontario cities sell their electric utilities as Saint John quashes the idea

Days before Saint John council passed a motion to ensure Saint John Energy could not be sold, the Ontario cities of Peterborough and Orillia both got approval to sell their municipally owned power distribution companies.

Minister sides with suburbs in rejecting Saint John proposals for sharing

Local Government Minister Jeff Carr says Saint John has to make some tough decisions before the city's neighbours will be ready to talk more about sharing costs.

Council decides Saint John Energy is not for sale

Saint John councillors have put the brakes on any plan to sell Saint John Energy. An unsolicited bid for the municipally owned utility would have generated a dividend of between $4 and $7 million per year.

Council motion would kill any attempt to sell Saint John Energy

City councillors could take the potential sale of Saint John Energy off the table at their meeting Monday night. The sale of the power utility was raised as one of three options that should be considered to help the cash-strapped city move ahead.
Point of View

A Saint John reporter writes of his mother's death from COVID-19, two provinces away

CBC News reporter Connell Smith describes covering the COVID-19 pandemic and the helplessness he felt watching from a distance as the illness took his mother.